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Bulletin Board for September 30, 2010

Sept. 30 Book Launch Set for Latest Issue of The Caribbean Writer

The official book launch of Vol. 24 of The Caribbean Writer is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 30), at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus. Participants will meet the new editor, Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, and hear some the contributors read their work. Autographed copies will be available for purchase. Music and refreshments are planned.

This issue of The Caribbean Writer features 80 pages of poetry, 200 pages of short stories, and personal essays by established and emerging writers from the Caribbean region, as well as the Caribbean Diaspora. It includes a special 70-page tribute to three of the Caribbean's intellectual giants who passed away last year, Rex Nettleford, Trevor Rhone and Wayne Brown. It also features more than 20 reviews of books by Caribbean writers and scholars. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu and this direct link.

Cheerleading Squad Tryouts Scheduled for Sept. 30

Tryouts for the UVI cheerleading squad are scheduled from 8 to 10 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 30) at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. Participants should wear exercise clothing.

Discounted Wellness Center Rates Announced for UVI Employees

UVI employee discount rates for memberships and for individual classes at the newly opened Wellness Center on the St. Thomas campus have been announced. Members of the UVI staff and faculty can purchase annual memberships for $300. That's half off the regular $600 membership available to the general public. Semester and monthly memberships are also available to employees at similar discounts. For employees who wish to take fitness classes, the drop-in price for non-member UVI employees is $6 per class. Employees who are members will pay only $4 per drop-in class. Non-employees will be charged $10 and $8, respectively, for similar drop-in classes.

The Wellness Center will begin accepting employee memberships on Oct. 2. Complete details on sign-up and payment are available from the Wellness Center and from this Faculty/Staff Rate and Information Sheet. Beginning Oct. 4, the center will be open Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fitness classes will begin on Oct. 15.

UVI Athletic teams and other special group requests are able to schedule around center hours with special permission and requests.

The Wellness Center opened on Friday, Sept. 24. The 6,250 square-foot facility provides space and state-of-the-art equipment for aerobics, cardiovascular and weight training. Photos from the grand opening are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog which is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link.

Mandatory Orientation for New St. Thomas Campus Student Employees Set

Orientation sessions for new student employees on the St. Thomas campus are scheduled for Oct. 1, 4 and 5. The sessions will cover the guidelines governing all aspect of student employment. Although attendance at a session is mandatory for new student employees, returning student employees can also benefit, particularly since any changes in rules will be covered. Student employees have been informed by e-mail regarding the orientation session. All sessions will take place in the Counseling and Placement conference room in Roupp House. The sessions are scheduled as follows: Friday, Oct. 1 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. New student employees who are unable to attend any of the sessions should forward an e-mail with available dates and times to: mwillia5@uvi.edu and mmyers@uvi.edu.

Artist Janet Rutnick to Present Project to St. Thomas Historical Society on Oct. 4

Members of the UVI community are invited to attend the next meeting of the St. Thomas Historical Trust at which local artist Janet Rutnick will discuss her work titled Transfer Project. The project, an effort to reconstitute the histories of individuals and families in the U. S. Virgin Islands who applied for travel passports in 1918, was funded by the VI Academic and Cultural Endowment, which is administered by UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement. The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4. The St. Thomas Historical Society is located near the Roosevelt Veterans Park. Click here - www.transferproject.vi - a website for Rutnick's Transfer Project.

Students Invited to Hear Presentation on NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

A representative from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center will visit UVI at noon on Monday, Oct. 4, to outline opportunities available for students at the Goddard Center. Those opportunities include a full range of internships, scholarships, cooperative and post-doctorial arrangements. The presentation will be available - via videoconference - in Business Room 101 on St. Thomas and in North West Wing Room 103 on St. Croix. Note: This presentation covers a different NASA center than that featured in a recent UVI presentation. For more information, contact UVI's NASA Space Grant Campus Director Dr. Cynthia Gómez Martín via e-mail at cgomezm@uvi.edu.

UVI's St. Croix Campus to Host Chamber's Business After Hours on Oct. 7

The St. Croix Chamber of Commerce will conduct a Business After Hours activity featuring UVI's St. Croix campus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the courtyard of the Melvin Evans Center. A number of St. Croix campus offices and areas - Nursing, Cooperative Extension, Agricultural Research, Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning, Alumni - will present information tables. Representatives from the Reichhold Center for the Arts will preview and give away a limited number of free tickets to Reichhold shows that will be offered on St. Croix. The event will also include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, tours of the Melvin Evans Center and music by the Eddie Russell Quelbe Jazz Band. The public is invited.

Reichhold Bringing Family Fun to St. Croix, St. Thomas with Rhythmic Circus

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts is promising affordable, family fun when it brings the Rhythmic Circus dance company to the territory. Shows are set on St. Croix on Friday, Oct. 8, at Island Center, and on St. Thomas on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Reichhold Center.

Rhythmic Circus, an innovative live performance company, explores rhythm as they play off a wide array of musical genres from Minneapolis funk to salsa. With elaborate costumes and music from their seven-piece funk band, Rhythmic Circus leaves audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

Both shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26, $16 and $13. They are available from the Reichhold Box Office at (340) 693-1559, online at www.reichholdcenter.com and via e-mail at boxoffice@riechholdcenter.com. Ticket outlets on St. Thomas are Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again and the UVI Bookstore. On St. Croix, buy tickets at Urban Threadz, Riddims, Alliance Clothing and the UVI Bookstore. Tickets are available at Connections on St. John.

St. John residents can also take advantage of a special discount shuttle service between Red Hook and the Reichhold Center. For information call (340) 693-1559.

Oct. 15 Deadline Set for Student Organizations to Register on St. Thomas Campus

Friday, Oct. 15, is the deadline to register student clubs, organizations and associations with the UVI Office of Student Activities on the St. Thomas campus. These groups must be registered in order to officially use the University's name and facilities. Student clubs, organizations and associations provide for intellectual and cultural stimulation, sports and recreation participation, social interaction, spiritual uplift and public service. For more information call the Student Activities Office at (340) 693-1111.

Other Current Items...

UVI Bookstores Closed Through Sept. 30; Reopening Slated for Oct. 1

The UVI Bookstores on both campuses are closed to allow staffers to conduct the end-of-fiscal-year inventory through Sept. 30. Both Bookstores will re-open on Friday, Oct. 1. All are encouraged to make the necessary purchases prior to Sept. 27.

President Hall to Give Keynote at WGOD 25th Anniversary Dinner on Oct. 3

UVI President Dr. David Hall will give the keynote address on Sunday, Oct. 3, at a dinner at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort on St. Thomas celebrating the 25th anniversary of radio station WGOD 98FM and 1090 AM. For information about the event, please contact WGOD at 774-4498 or e-mail wgod98@viaccess.net.

UVI-RTPark Finance and Audit Committee to Meet on Oct. 4

The Finance and Audit Committee of the UVI Research and Technology Park Board of Directors will meet at 10 a.m. (AST) on Monday, Oct. 4, at the RTPark Offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. The session will be available for teleconference access. Contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200 to participate or for more information. Seating is limited.

CES Offers Clothing Construction Course on St. Thomas Beginning Oct. 5

A clothing construction class will be offered by the Family & Consumer Sciences Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) on the St. Thomas campus starting on Oct. 5. The free course will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. It will take place in the CES's New House Building. Participants will need to bring scissors, thread and sewing pins to the first class. For more information and to register, contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082 or Orpha Penn at (340) 693-1080.

Voices That Count Forum Set for October on St. Croix, St. Thomas

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host the 7th annual Voices That Count policy forum on Oct. 4 and 5 on St. Croix and on Oct. 7 and 8 on St. Thomas.

The forum - titled Turn Voices Into Votes - brings together individuals with disabilities, service providers, advocates and Virgin Islanders who are running for public office. They will discuss issues that affect people with disabilities and work to promote systemic change. First-day morning sessions will focus on formulating questions to ask legislators. Afternoon sessions will consist of a forum for the Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress and gubernatorial candidates. On the second day, candidates for the Virgin Islands' legislature will have an opportunity to answer questions developed by the disability community. There will be four focus areas: education-transition, employment, ADA accessibility and visit-ability.

The forum will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On St. Croix, it will take place on the UVI campus in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. On St. Thomas, the forum will be held at the Windward Passage Hotel. While admission is free, space is limited on both islands. To register, contact Dr. Sandra Ross on St. Croix at (340) 692-1919. On St. Thomas contact Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or Maritza Swan at 776-9200 ext. 2334.

Breast Cancer Awareness Week Activities Set Oct. 11-15 on St. Croix Campus

The UVI Health Services Office on the St. Croix campus will sponsor a series of events and activities to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Week from Oct. 11 through 15 on the St. Croix campus. For details, contact Health Services Supervisor Maritza I. DeCosta at (340) 692-4214 or send e-mail to mdecosta@uvi.edu . The week's activities include:

Monday, Oct. 11 - noon to 1 p.m.

Wear Pink Day - Walk for the Cure - Get a Pink Pin and walk Palm Drive to UVI's Cafetorium at 12:30 p.m. The afternoon will include live remote radio broadcast and participation by the St. Croix community, presentations by American Cancer Society representatives, V.I. legislators and Greek sororities and fraternities. The Student Nurses Association will sell pink lemonade and pink cupcakes.

Tuesday, Oct.12 - Pink Head Day - Supporters are asked dye their hair pink or wear a pink head accessory. Information tables will open from noon at the UVI Cafetorium. A presentation by AKA is planned.

Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Pink Shoes or Pink Bottom Day - Supporters are asked wear pink flip flops, sandals, socks, sneakers, nail polish, skirts, pants or shorts to show their support for a cure. Information tables will open from noon at the UVI Cafetorium.

Thursday, Oct. 14 - Pink Shirt or Pink Tie Day - Supporters are asked to wear pink shirts, t-shirts or ties. A presentation entitled "Breast Cancer: Not just a gal thing" will be offered at noon by the Brothers With a Cause organization. Information tables will open from noon at the UVI Cafetorium.

Friday, Oct. 15 - Pink Everything Day -All are invited to a Pink Party at 3 p.m. in the Pavilion. Dr. J. Thompson presenting: Breast Cancer Prevention. Community Resources and Best Decorated Area Award will be presented. Refreshments will be served.

V.I. Students Sought for Classical Solo Steel Pan Competition on Oct. 16

Virgin Islands elementary, junior high and high school students are invited to participate in a classical solo steel pan competition on Saturday, Oct. 16. The competition will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bertha C. Boschulte School Auditorium. Admission will be $5. The event is sponsored by the University of the Virgin Islands Music Department and the Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra. UVI Music Professor Austin A. Venzen said the competition is designed to encourage the young panists to appreciate and perfect their skills in the field of classical music. The competition was designed by Prof. Venzen and Eltino S. Pickering, conductor of the Superior Court Orchestra.

Entry forms are available from Prof. Venzen at UVI and from individual steel pan instructors at the territory's schools. Friday, Oct. 8, is the deadline for students to sign up for the competition. The entry fee is $5 for elementary students, $10 for junior and middle school students, and $15 for senior high students. For more information contact Venzen at (340) 693-1192 or 998-8867.

UVI Concert Band, National Guard Band Plan Concert on Oct. 17

The UVI Concert Band and the 73rd National Guard Army Band will present a free concert in St. Thomas' Emancipation Garden on Sunday, Oct. 17. The performance begins at 5:30 p.m. First-place winners of the Classical Steel Pan Competition for young panists, scheduled for Oct. 16, will be featured guest performers. Each will perform their winning piece. For more information contact UVI Music Professor Austin A. Venzen at (340) 693-1192 or 998-8867.

The Caribbean Writer 'Creative Luncheon' Series Continues Oct. 21

Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of UVI's The Caribbean Writer, invites students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, to a "Creative Luncheon Series" during the fall semester. Luncheons are slated for noon on Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 9. They will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 102 of the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. Participants are asked to bring lunch and a poem or short piece of prose to share. Dr. Adisa will begin the sessions with a poem and then lead a short writing activity. Participants can read something they have written or share a favorite piece by a published writer. For details, call (340) 692-4122 or send e-mail to oadisa@uvi.edu.

HR Announces Christmas Recess and Administrative Leave Schedule

UVI's Human Resources Office has announced the Christmas Recess and Administrative Leave schedule as approved by President Dr. David Hall.

  • Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 - Christmas Recess commences at 8:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 - Christmas Recess ends at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 - Normal business will resume.
  • Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 - Three Kings' Day - University Holiday
  • Friday, January 7, 2011 - Half-day Administrative Leave (for both campuses) - St. Croix Festival
    • Regular Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Administrative Leave: 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Reichhold Offers Payroll Deduction for UVI Employee Ticket Purchases

UVI employees are encouraged use payroll deductions to purchase tickets to Reichhold Center for the Arts shows. Employees should visit the Reichhold Ticket Office to sign an authorization form. This allows employees to spread the cost of tickets over four easy payments. For details, call 693-1559. Visit www.reichholdcenter.com for a list of upcoming performances.

VI-WRRI Issues Call for 2011-2012 Research Proposals

The Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute (VI-WRRI) at UVI has issued a call for research proposals for the 2011-2012 U.S. Geological Survey Water Institute Program. Proposals that address water resources issues in the USVI are sought. The program is funded by the Section 104 Institute Program of the U.S. Department of Interior - U.S. Geological Survey. All UVI faculty and staff are eligible to apply for program funds through the VI-WRRI. Collaborations with non-UVI personnel are allowed.

Approximately $80,000 will be available to fund projects in the USVI. Individual projects should not exceed this amount. Projects in the $15,000 to $20,000 range are preferred. Projects will be for a duration of one year, from March 1, 2011 through Feb. 29, 2012. Proposals are due by Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.

The VI-WRRI Advisory Committee will review proposals and recommendations for funding will be made by the director of the VI-WRRI. Criteria used in the evaluation process include: technical merit, feasibility of completion, competence of the principal investigator, training and education opportunities provided, plans for the dissemination of knowledge gained and local relevance.

Instructions for preparing proposals or more information are available from the VI-WRRI at (340) 693-1062 or via e-mail from hsmith@uvi.edu .

UVI Health Services Provides Dengue Virus Information to University Community

Officials at the Virgin Islands Department of Health have announced that a dengue virus outbreak is taking place within the U.S. Virgin Islands. All members of the UVI community, along with all residents of the territory, are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical care if they suspect they have been infected with dengue virus. Virgin Islands Health Commissioner Dr. Julia Sheen has warned that untreated dengue fever can be fatal.

UVI's Health Services Office on the St. Thomas campus has prepared a package of information about the dengue virus. The information was compiled by Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert, in consultation with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jennilee B. Robinson and UVI Health Services physician Dr. Audria Thomas.

UVI's Dengue Virus Information Package Includes

Click here to read the entire UVI Health Services Office Dengue Information Package

outbreak statistics from the V.I. Department of Health

a list of the symptoms of dengue virus infection and dengue hemorrhagic fever

details of how the virus is transmitted

steps individuals can take to reduce their risk of infection, including environmentally friendly mosquito control products

a discussion of treatments

For more information contact the Health Services Office at (340) 693-1124.

2010 End-of-Year Processing Deadlines Announced by Purchasing/Accounting

As the end of the current fiscal year nears, UVI's Purchasing and Accounting offices have announced deadlines to allow for the timely processing of the appropriate documents to complete purchasing requirements.

Purchase Requisition(s): Should be in Accounting Department as follows:

(1) On island vendors Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

(2) Off island vendors Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Direct Pay-Check Requisition(s): Should be in Accounting Department as follows:

(1) On island vendors Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

(2) Off island vendors Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Purchase Order(s):

(1) Receiving Reports - submit to Purchasing before Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

(2) Invoices - must be received in Accounting by Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Receiving reports must be processed before payment can be made against an invoice. For most purchase orders, the invoice is sent directly from the vendor to the Accounting Department. To meet the aforementioned deadlines, you may have to contact the vendor and request the invoice.

Contact the Purchasing Office at x1480, the Accounting Office at x1430, or the St. Croix campus Business Office at x4167 for assistance in resolving purchase order related issues.

Student Testing Notes...

Fall CLEP Test Schedule for St. Thomas Campus

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. CLEP tests will be administered on Sept. 30, Oct. 13, Oct. 26, Nov. 12, and Nov. 18, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123).

Students can register for the test at the front desk of the Office of Access and Enrollment Services, located on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. Test candidates must report to the test site no later than 9:30 a.m. on each test day with appropriate identification and form of payment. Acceptable forms of identification include a current driver's license, state or federal ID, a current passport, tribal ID card, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship. See page 25 of the 2010-2011 UVI Catalog for details on CLEP tests accepted by UVI.

The cost associated with CLEP is $77 per test (payable to College Board) and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). Payment must be made in the form of check, money order, or credit card; cash will not be accepted.

Students may e-mail cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Fall CLEP Test Schedule for St. Croix Campus

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Croix campus. CLEP tests will be administered on Oct. 7, Oct. 28, and Nov. 18, in Evans Center Room 304. The registration deadlines for these tests are Oct. 1, Oct. 22, and Nov. 12, respectively. Register in the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center Room 811.

Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test. Click here to view page 25 of the 2010-2011 UVI Catalog for details on CLEP tests accepted by UVI.

The cost associated with CLEP is $77 per test; make check or money order payable to CLEP (no Cash) and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. Cash will not be accepted.

Students must wait six months before repeating an examination. Please bring a photo I.D. on the day of the examination. Do not bring books, papers or study aids. Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during the examinations. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.

Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exam Dates

Dates and locations for UVI's Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) have been announced for both campuses. Details are also available from the Registrar's Section of the UVI web site www.uvi.edu and this direct link.

St. Thomas CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Thomas campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Sign-up sheets are available in the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. For more information, call 693-1160.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

St. Croix CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Croix campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 131 of the North West Wing Building. Students can register for the test in the Academic Services Office, in the Evans Center. For more information, call 692-4090 or send e-mail to mclavie@uvi.edu.

CLE C - Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

CLE D - Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

Computer Literacy Tutorials are also offered on St. Croix on the following schedule from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 131 of the North West Wing Building. No registration is required to take part in a tutorial.

CLE C - Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010

CLE D - Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

CELL Notes...

CELL Offers Human Resources Certification Course on St. Thomas, St. Croix

Human Resource professionals who wish to obtain nationally recognized certification can now take advantage of a preparatory course offered by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 4, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, sessions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Joseph A. Simpson Building in Frederiksted.

The certification review course provides a solid foundation for meeting human resource challenges found in today's demanding work environment and prepares professionals to achieve their Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designation. Certification is awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and signifies that human resource professionals have achieved the industry certification that sets them apart as true professionals in their field.

For details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI CELL to Host Workshop for New Managers on Oct. 13

UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will host one-day workshops for new managers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The session is titled "Making the Transition into Management." On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVICELL Center on the UVI campus. On St. Croix, it will be available at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The workshops are part of a series being offered by the UVICELL in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). The sessions will provide valuable insight and strategies to help new managers prepare to assume and succeed in their role as supervisor. Participants will learn negotiation strategies, to set goals, how to motivate and coach effectively and employee training strategies.

For details or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.